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+ Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters Job Description
When buying furnishings for their homes or offices, customers often select fine wood furniture that is made by cabinet makers and bench carpenters. Cabinet makers are precision woodworkers who design, cut, shape, and assemble wood components into a finished product. They work from blueprints and drawings, select lumber for proper grain, texture and color, and use power and hand tools to fabricate and finish the pieces > view more

+ Numerical Control Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
Computer Numerically Controlled—or “CNC” (Narrator, pronounced: “see-en-see”)—machines are industrial robots that drill, grind, punch, extrude, or mill plastic or metal stock into parts for home appliances, industrial equipment, and many other products. The machines are very fast, very efficient, and very accurate. But they are useless without skilled numerical control machine operators. Human beings must set up every machine, making sure that the various bits, bores, and other tool heads are sharp and racked where the machine expects them to be > view more

+ Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmers Job Description
Automation is making manufacturing more efficient while increasing productivity. Some of the credit for this goes to numerical tool and process control programmers. These professionals write the programs for computer-controlled machine tools, or robots, that cut and shape parts made of metal or plastic. The programmer writes the code that enables a computer to tell the machine which tools to use and how to use them > view more

+ Printing Press Machine Operators and Tenders Job Description
We live in the Internet age, but printing text and images on paper and other materials is more popular than ever. That’s good news for the print press machine operators who setup and operate printing presses. Employed by firms that print color newspaper inserts and catalogs, by small shops that do custom business printing, and by many companies in between, these workers are essential to modern business > view more

+ Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Job Description
Some manufacturing workers like their jobs super-sized. Structural metal fabricators and fitters construct enormous metal objects from tanks and water towers…to frames for buildings and bridges. Though the projects can be massive, the work is quite intricate. Following blueprints, fabricators make patterns and templates as guides. Fabricators use special machinery to cut the metal into the required pieces or plates > view more

+ Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers Job Description
Many steps come together to form the clothes on your back. Most styles have made their way down a factory assembly line, being cut, sewn, and pressed by many hands…followed by other garments made from the same pattern. But the most highly skilled of apparel workers, Custom Tailors and Sewers, master each phase of the apparel process to produce made-to-measure garments for their clients. Manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination are essential qualities for success > view more

+ Tool and Die Makers Job Description
If it weren’t for tool and die makers, there would be no manufactured goods. That’s because there’d be no one to make the molds that shape the plastic...or the tools that make other tools...or the dies used to stamp out parts. Tool and die makers decide on the best way to shape a piece of metal to the specifications of an engineer’s blueprint. They operate many different machines to cut, bore, mill, grind, and polish the finished piece to a precision 40 times smaller than a human hair! Typically, one worker creates a single device, from start to finish > view more

+ Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers Job Description
Welders cut, gouge, finish, and--most importantly--join pieces of metal. Any kind of metal: steel, cast iron, bronze, aluminum, or whatever else the job involves. Welders do their work by literally melting the edges of the metal pieces, forcing the materials to flow together, and then letting them cool to form a solid bond. Often a metal welding rod is melted as part of the process to supply the additional material needed to complete the weld > view more

+ Woodworking Machine Operators and Tenders, Except Sawing
The beauty and dependability of wood has been cherished through the ages. But the way wood is handled has changed a lot. While skilled craftspeople still create beautiful furniture, instruments and toys with their hands, all kinds of wood products are now made by wood machinists. They are skilled, too, but they combine woodworking ability with the knowledge of how to use technology to manufacture wood products > view more

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